We expect cable multi service operator (MSO)
) to beat expectations when it reports fourth-quarter 2012
results before the opening bell on Feb 13, 2013.
Why a Likely Positive Surprise?
Our proven model shows that Comcast Corporation is likely to
beat earnings because it has the right combination of two key
Positive Zacks ESP
: Expected Surprise Prediction or ESP (Read:
Zacks Earnings ESP: A Better Method
), which represents the difference between the Most Accurate
estimate and the Zacks Consensus Estimate, stands at +1.89%. This
is a meaningful and leading indicator of a likely positive
Zacks #3 Rank (Hold)
: Comcast Corporation currently has a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold). Note
that the stocks with Zacks Ranks of #1, #2 and #3 have a
significantly higher chance of beating the earnings.
The combination of Comcast Corporation's Zacks Rank #3 (Hold)
and +1.89% ESP makes us confident of a positive earnings beat on
Feb 13, 2013.
What is Driving the Better Than Expected
Comcast Corporation is poised for a better performance as the
company's cable business continues to introduce innovative
products and enhance its customers viewing experience. The
company's NBC Universal segment is expected to perform well which
underscores the strong performance of its cable
The Company's Xfinity TV, which provides access to both video
programming and Internet continue to innovate new products and
services and is expected to augment its online TV business.
However, the loss of basic video customers remains the major
concern for the company going forward.
Other Stocks to Consider
Other companies you may want to consider on the basis of our
model, which shows that they have the right combination of
elements to post an earnings beat this quarter are as
) currently has an earnings ESP of +29.17% and holds a Zacks Rank
) has an earnings ESP of +8.33% and carries a Zacks Rank #2
Cablevision Sys Corp.
) currently has an earnings ESP of +10.00% and holds a Zacks Rank
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